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Re: Need your help (archive)

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Posted by David F on December 28, 2000 at 16:22:38:

In Reply to: Need your help posted by Rich on December 28, 2000 at 16:16:26:

The most complicated piece of equipment you need to check wheel alignment is a tape measure. The only adjustment possible on BMW's are toe-in and toe-out. With the car on the ground, measure the distance at the front of the tires and compare to the measurement at the rear of the tires. The front measurement should be about 1/8" - 1/4" less than the rear measurement.

I doubt your problems are caused by wheel alignment, but rather SEVERE suspension component wear or damage.

I have a 1988 750iL

May car was having diffculties in the steering. When driving on the freeway, the car likes to jerk back and forth (in the direction on the turn)when I curve the steering. This is scary to me. It's been a pain and a fear when driving it on the freeway.

My mechanic said that maybe I a frontal wheel aligment? I this true? Is it something else? Will repairs drive me to the poor house? Please Help...

How much should I expect to pay (CA) for a wheel alignment on one of these powerful complicated machines? What can I do so that I don't get ripped off by a mechanic when doing this repair? Please Help Thanks in advance....Rich

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